Tackling youth crime and drug and alcohol abuse was the main debate on community safety, held in Clayton-le-Moors.
The issue dominated the well attended ‘Face the People’ event at Clayton Civic Hall, with contributions from the public, police, councillors, probation service, youth service and public health speakers.
Residents reported problems with underage drinking, an increase in gangs, criminality and drug use.
Master of ceremonies Les Hardy JP pointed out that the biggest victims of crime were young people themselves, while Superintendent Terry Woods noted the disparity between the fear of crime and falling crime figures.
There was an explanation of how test purchasing operations are used to root out unscrupulous off licences selling alcohol to youngsters.
And Lancashire Probation Trust also outlined the valuable youth intervention work carried out by YNOT, which has helped deliver a "73 per cent drop" in first time entrants into the criminal justice system.
Development worker Yvonne Wilson, of Clayton Youth Service, called for more family interventions, and raised fears over abuse of mephedrone, commonly known as ‘Bubble’.
She said: "Bubble is a plant fertiliser sold over the internet and readily available. We are noticing an increase in theft through young people developing habits.
"It’s a legal drug but I'd like to see the Community Safety Partnership (CSP) lobbying to get this stopped.
Nobody knows how safe it is or what damage it can do."
The high price of activities such as the cinema and bowling, as well as the cost of bus fares, was also raised as an explanation of why young people might be drawn to anti-social behaviour.
The event was wrapped up by Hyndburn Council deputy leader and CSP chairman Councillor Brian Roberts, who thanked everyone for their valuable and honest contributions.